Countryside volunteers at Changing Pathways

Countryside volunteers decorate refuge accommodation for domestic abuse charity, Changing Pathways

Teams from Countryside spent two days with Changing Pathways, a charity which supports those affected by domestic abuse across the areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock.

Two teams decorated the charity’s refuge accommodation, painting two kitchens and a living room. 

As we celebrate our 60th anniversary, colleagues are donating 60 days of their time to charities such as this in the communities where they work.

Changing Pathways provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse. The charity offers a range of needs-led services, including refuge accommodation.

Changing Pathways’ refuge service provides safe accommodation to women and their children who are experiencing domestic abuse. This service provides refuge accommodation for up to 43 women and children, including 16 self-contained flats, ensuring that victims of abuse have a safe place to stay until they can find more permanent housing.

As well as helping to decorate the refuge accommodation, the Countryside teams also brought along a hamper of goods filled with store-cupboard basics, such as tea, cereal, soup and pasta, as well as some items for children - some clothing, art supplies and essentials for babies.

A resident at the refuge said, "Thank you to the team at Countryside for making the refuge look so lovely and homely. It meant the world that volunteers came into our refuge and gave up their time for us. We really appreciate it and we are looking forward to Christmas now! Thank you to you all".

We are always looking for ways to engage with the communities where we work. Our 60 Days of Charity initiative is an opportunity for us volunteer at local organisations and offer practical support that really makes a difference.